Monday, September 8, 2014

VoilaVe Rosehip Oil: Reviewed

I have been using rosehip oil for the past year and like it a lot. I have been able to try this lovely oil from a few different brands. The brand I am reviewing today is from VoilaVe Organics. This rosehip oil is a nice quality luxurious oil. It has many wonderful uses. I use rosehip oil almost everyday. It is an amber toned oil, and a pungent smelling oil, not terrible but definitely not a pretty smell. Some people describe it as "nutty" in fragrance, but I would not refer to the fragrance. In my opinion, "nutty" to me would be a pleasant smell (such as a hazelnut or almond). Rosehip does not smell desirable, however its benefits far outweigh the unpleasant scent.

Rosehip seed oil is a “dry” oil, in my opinion, it soaks into the skin easily, and does not leave an overly greasy residue on skin or fingers. Rosehip seed oil is an excellent facial hydrator, anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant, and after repeated use, is capable of reducing the appearance of some scars and fine lines. Rosehip Seed Oil helps diminish the appearance of skin damage left behind from scars, wounds, stretch marks, acne etc. It restores elasticity and can boost collagen production. As we age, our skin loses elasticity and collagen production eventually slows down. Skin becomes less firm, and begins to sag and wrinkle. Rosehip contains Essential fatty acids, which are beneficial for plumping the skin, making it appear fuller and more taut.

This company meets the ECO Certification and USDA requirements, it is very important to select an oil that is safe to use, authentic, of top quality and of purest ingredients. VoilaVe meets of of these guidelines. I have used a few other products from their company and have been impressed.

Here is how I use my Rosehip seed oil:

I oil cleanse my face each day in the evening before bed (I use various oils and like to vary it what types I use). I do not use any sulfates or traditional soap based cleansers. I have been using this method of oil cleansing for a year now with smoother, healthier skin and very few breakouts. My oil production has decreased significantly. Sulfates (heavy chemical sudsing agents in soaps, household cleansers and hair shampoos) dry out and strip skin, causing skin to actually produce more oil and produce acne breakouts. I have noticed a big improvement on my skin over the past year with just removing sulfates from my lifestyle. (I do not use traditional sulfate shampoo either).

Sodium lauryl sulfate, a common ingredient added to face wash and cleansers to make soaps lather, is a chemical that is lurking in most of the products available today. It is a common misconception that you need lots of bubbles and suds to get clean. I read labels and if sulfates are in a product, I pass on using it. Sulfates strip the skin of natural oils that our skin needs for protection and moisture. When we use sulfates, our skin reacts and then tries to restore itself by producing more oil to compensate. This is why I was so oily and shiny on my t-zone in highschool and college. I used to wash my face everyday 2-3 times and I used harsh sulfates, and harsh acne products. If only I stuck to the basics and oil cleansed. It is crazy that my skin looks better now at age 32, then when I was in my 20's.

After washing my face with a jojoba oil, rosehip oil, caster oil, grape seed oil, almond oil, and vegetable glycerin mixture, massaging it in to loosen dirt, makeup up and cleanse my clogged pores, I turn on the sink water to very hot and run a wash cloth under the water. I ring out the cloth and put the steaming hot cloth over my oil soaked face. I leave it on until it cools. I repeat the process with reheating the wash cloth and steaming. After it has cooled for a second time, I wipe away the excess oil. If my face still feels dirty I can repeat with oil application and one round of steaming. When my skin has all the makeup and oil removed, I get my cloth wet with cool water to close my pores. I then apply Vitamin C serum, Hyaluronic Acid serum, and allow it to soak into my face. This is what I do several times a week. I do it daily if I was wearing makeup that day.

I have also used this Rosehip seed oil as a first aid oil for various cuts and rashes in this household. My husband has dry hands and knuckles and he has used this to soften and heal his skin when it cracks. He has also used a drop of 2 on his face after shaving to calm razor burn. I usually use a natural Glycerin, Shea, and Kokum butter based shave puck from the How to Grow a Mustache company when I shave with my vintage 1963 Lady Gillette Double Edge Safety razor and vintage butterscotch shaving brush. However, a few times a month I like to use my own mixture of essential oils and butters and make my own shaving cream. I like to use rosehip oil, vegetable glycerin, peppermint oil, lavender oil, tea tree oil, coconut oil, jojoba oil, and a natural sulfate free glycerin face bar to shave. I mix those ingredients in my vintage Penhaligan goldtone shaving mug. It whips up a nice luxurious, skin loving cream. Pure luxury.

For more information about this rosehip oil, you can find it on Amazon: Organic Rosehip Oil

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